By Dan Spalding
News Now Warsaw
WARSAW — The city’s first dedicated dog park being planned by the Warsaw Rotary Club will likely include a canoe launch.
That was one of the details shared by City Planner Justin Taylor after the city board of works approved a $3,000 grant from the Kosciusko Community Foundation that will go toward the Rotary Club’s plans for a four-acre dog park along Hand Avenue.
The proposed park is just a block away from Rotary Park, which the club established about five years ago.
The park could cost about $200,000 to construct, according to a preliminary estimate. That would be about twice as much as the Rotary Park endeavor.
Taylor, whose is also an honorary member of the Rotary Club, said the park will include a walking trail, canoe launch and roughly $30,000 in fencing for two enclosed areas — one for big dogs and another for smaller dogs.
The land is in a floodplain that doesn’t have good potential for development and the city sees the park as a good potential use.
It would also provide a bit more of balance in terms of overall geography of parks across the city by having another greenspace on the west side, he said.
The city acquired the land for the club and is helping with grand writing opportunities, Taylor said.
Efforts by the Rotary Club to raise money are already underway, Taylor said.
No timeline for the project has been outlined.